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Sport fishing season in the South Pacific could generate up to $331 million, study says

Business owners in some of the main sport fishing destinations on Costa Rica’s South Pacific coast have great expectations for the industry’s high season, which runs from November to April.

Businesses in the popular destinations of Puerto Jiménez, Golfito and Quepos are hoping for a spike in visits, primarily from U.S. and Canadian tourists, which would help increase demand for local goods and services.

Sport fishing’s contribution to local economies during the high season is estimated at $331 million, according to a study by Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP) biologist and fisheries management specialist Jorge Álvarez Corrales. The study was released Monday.

According to Corrales, estimated revenue includes hotels, restaurants, marinas, boat and car rentals and other leisure businesses. The report states that 72.6 percent of sport fishing tourists who visited the region between 2008-2010 also participated in other water sports such as surfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.

The influx of sport fishers in Costa Rica is largely attributed to a high variety of fish species such as sailfish, and blue, black and striped marlin, as well as other minor species including mackerel, grouper, snapper, roosterfish, mahi-mahi, tarpon and snook.

FECOP Executive Director Enrique Ramírez said it is essential for businesses to receive government support in order to strengthen the sport fishing industry.

“We have estimated that the export value of a sailfish for consumption is between $123- $150, while maintaining one alive, according to Costa Rica’s catch-and-release policy, generates income from all fishing-related businesses of some $3,200-$3,800,” he said.

In order to promote the current fishing season, FECOP this week launched a campaign on its social media networks called “Pesconomía,” which offers information highlighting sport fishing’s contribution to the country’s economy.

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I went to a fishing/Eco lodge on the Atlantic side of CR.
Across the river at Tortuguero is a catch and release lodge that’s boat is named Sabo-loco or in English, Tarpon- Crazy!
Unlike many lodges in the area the owner/proprietors supply their lodge from the shelves of the local stores and use the local guides as contractors to take us fishers out for the tarpon (the silver king)
The lodge name is toucan y tarpon, if you check them out, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Dan Gibson

And the Costa Rican government is — and has been — doing everything and anything in their power to ruin it!! The tuna trawlers — shrimp boats — long liners — are ”raping” the ocean !! The government and the corruption therein — is inexcusable — the licenses for the trawlers were to have been terminated — the long liners are killing all species of fish and masses and masses of turtles — the shrimp boats operate within a couple miles of the beach and no one says a word — WTF????

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